Stop School Bullying – KOGA 930 AM [Radio]
With 77 percent of students saying they have been of victim of bullying, just about every state has passed an anti-bullying laws, including cyber-bullying.
The range in bullying spans from exclusion from activities to verbal abuse to very serious acts of kids being assaulted, beaten, raped and attacked in schools. Larry explains criminal law covers aggression beyond just teasing. He describes the tragic case of Megan Meier, a 13-year-old, who in 2006 hanged herself after being bullied online. It turned out the tormenter was the mother of one of Megan’s former friends.
There are legal steps parents can take with schools. Parents should visit school officials as well as the parents of the bully to talk about the problem. Kids can be charged with assault, battery, stalking, disorderly conduct and other crimes if their behavior escalates to that level.
Children can switch schools if the environment becomes a situation that is no longer conducive to learning. However, states may have their own laws regarding transfers. If a student is injured at the school campus, there is a high likelihood the school bears some responsibility. It is the duty of the school to supervise what is going on, activities and the safety of the premises.
It is the responsibility of the school to keep an eye on what goes on during class, at lunch, recess and extra-curricular activities. At these times, the school stands in the shoes of the parents.
Students have the right to attend safe, secure, peaceful campuses.
Listen to Larry’s full KOGA 930 AM interview in the audio box above.